Was I a fool to get M1 Macbook Air with only 8gb of ram instead of 16gb?

Was I a fool to get M1 Macbook Air with only 8gb of ram instead of 16gb?
I never multi-task on it because I don't like multitasking. I use it for light web browsing, streamimg movies, video chats and sometimes libreoffice but never do any of those things simultaneously.
On idle i get 3.6/8gb ram usage and 5.6/8gb ram usage with a few programs open.

How many years will i be good for with 8gb of ram?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yes, tinder website regularly crashes for me with only 8GB memory if i have discord open as well

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I use it for light web browsing, streamimg movies, video chats and sometimes libreoffice

    All of that is fine at 8GB. You only need 16GB if you start doing stuff like video editing, photo editing, gayming, etc.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >light web browsing, streamimg movies, video chats and sometimes libreoffice
      Should be good for years.

      Utilized ram is very misleading because the OS will usually have quite some ram in use even if you dont have a lot of stuff going on because not using free ram is basically wasting it. Theres lots of videos on youtube that showcase you dont need more than 8 gigs of ram on a mac if youre not doing heavier video editing or are a dev. https://youtu.be/l3zIwPgan7M?si=f3DwkFasU1IBKgsz

      ram usage can be misleading, often files and programs are cached in ram for faster loading and will be kicked out if you have actual shit to do.

      Based

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >paying 1k for a web browsing machine
      KEKAROO.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        t. broke Black person

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You could go for a $500 Chromebook but it will steal your data and be much less comfy

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          or just a windows laptop

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Even with 8GB video editing is fine, but thing gets abysmally hot.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        all laptops get hot

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    thing has no cooling fans? you will have to throw thing into wall to make it fail before you

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my phone has 8gb of ram. your computer has the same amount of ram as my PHONE

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you fricked up bigtime hahahaha

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >FirefoxCP
      anon wtf???

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We all make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from them.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >light web browsing, streamimg movies, video chats and sometimes libreoffice
    Should be good for years.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Was I a fool to get M1 Macbook Air with only 8gb of ram instead of 16gb?
    Yes.
    Enjoy.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My ipad m1 pro has 8 gigs of ram. For a laptop at that price I expect 16 gigs.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. Apple should just be honest and hike the price by $200 and make the base model 16gb. The thing that sucks is when these things are discounted at retailers they are still ONLY 8GB. They are literally producing future ewaste netbooks with overspec processors since you cannot upgrade the ram on your own. 8gb for a brand new laptop in 2024 is a bad buy at ANY price.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >8gb for a brand new laptop in 2024 is a bad buy at ANY price
      Not really at under £500 it is the norm, those processors anyway are extremely terrible using like ryzen 5500us and under. And even then 8gb is still ok for most tasks. 16gb is overkill and people shouldn't really act as if 32gb needs to be the norm.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        For a few hundred dollars more you could have had a machine that will last you a lot longer. When I buy a Mac I expect to get 5 years out of it, not replace it in a year or two. 8gb ain't lasting you 5 years, even for just browsing. Especially at the rate the web is bloating.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >are extremely terrible using like ryzen 5500us and under
        you mean using a chip thats as fast as an M1 LOL

        the absolute cope people have in their brains to excuse overpaying on crappy hardware

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Utilized ram is very misleading because the OS will usually have quite some ram in use even if you dont have a lot of stuff going on because not using free ram is basically wasting it. Theres lots of videos on youtube that showcase you dont need more than 8 gigs of ram on a mac if youre not doing heavier video editing or are a dev. https://youtu.be/l3zIwPgan7M?si=f3DwkFasU1IBKgsz

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ram usage can be misleading, often files and programs are cached in ram for faster loading and will be kicked out if you have actual shit to do.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Considering that they're artificially inflating prices on ram and ssds, and your pc probably would've cost $300 more with 8 gb more ram, it's hard to defend increasing the ram honestly. Same with ssds, increase them from 256 to 512gb costs like $300, it's insane.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes you definitely need 16gb of ram on an extremely RAM optimized operating system for web browsing you fricking moron

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i have one and in normal usage it's fine, i only notice an slowdown then i have chrome with two dozen tabs open, vscode, spotify and a bunch of other stuff open. the usage you describe should be good

    although i wouldn't buy a new macbook with 8gb, buying an used one for cheap is fine imo

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >she bought a new computer in year 1990 + (17 * 2) with only 8 GB and a shitty gen 1 processor
    youre just enforcing the stereotype of the 60 IQ mac user

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You'll be fine for many years to come. Windows gays in here don't understand macOS memory compression.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You'll be fine for many years to come
      How many years does it take for the swap file to kill an ssd you can't replace?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        For OP's usage it will rarely swap. He'd only have to worry about SSD writes if he were doing a lot of video editing.

        apparently my fellow apple gays don't understand either because at 9gbs ram usage barely any of that is compressed

        The OS isn't going to waste time compressing RAM if it doesn't need to.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          then why does the anon with even more RAM usage have less compressed?

          you fricked up bigtime hahahaha

          also posting my epeen for ref

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      apparently my fellow apple gays don't understand either because at 9gbs ram usage barely any of that is compressed

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No apple said 8 gb are good enough

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Was I a fool to get a Mac?
    Yes.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm using a Windows on ARM and I have 16Gb RAM. Probably paid quarter of what you had to pay, limao.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I never multi-task on it because I don't like multitasking
    at that point just get a fricking dos computer you brick

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      found the last surviving windows 2000 fanboy

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Back in the PowerPC days you only needed 128MB of RAM. MacOS has bloated over 64 times.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I never multi-task on it because I don't like multitasking. I use it for light web browsing
    If you have multiple tabs on your web browser, that's multitasking.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only really need to worry if you are regularly hitting high memory pressure in activity monitor. I've only been able to crash my browser once on 8gb with a ton of other shit open.
    So go about your usual stuff and tab into activity monitor's memory use monitoring and see where you are at. It will give you a realistic metric to go off of.

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >currybook
    lol
    lmao even

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      not true, this is my after 1 year of use, 16G MBA M2

      SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

      SMART/Health Information (NVMe Log 0x02)
      Critical Warning: 0x00
      Temperature: 39 Celsius
      Available Spare: 100%
      Available Spare Threshold: 99%
      Percentage Used: 1%
      Data Units Read: 151,584,751 [77.6 TB]
      Data Units Written: 93,030,854 [47.6 TB]
      Host Read Commands: 3,501,835,331
      Host Write Commands: 1,526,905,035
      Controller Busy Time: 0
      Power Cycles: 217
      Power On Hours: 1,427
      Unsafe Shutdowns: 32
      Media and Data Integrity Errors: 0
      Error Information Log Entries: 0

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >47.6 TB written in a year
        Kinda scary though, doesn't the average SSD cap at 150-300TB?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Could be thrashing lol.
          >I don't need no 16GB of RAM!
          >*OS thrashes SSD to death within 3 years*
          The SSD could be so fast that it has minimal impact on performance. Happening right under the posters nose.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Could be thrashing lol.
          >I don't need no 16GB of RAM!
          >*OS thrashes SSD to death within 3 years*
          The SSD could be so fast that it has minimal impact on performance. Happening right under the posters nose.

          Also suspicious that it has read about as much as it has written. The user is not likely to be transferring such large amounts of data through it like a giant flash drive.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm on 16G
    it's not enough bro
    get the 24G

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would upgrade to the M4MBP 14” if i was in your position
    Maybe extra ram than the starting amount

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just upgrade your ram

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Crapple is slowly dying without Steve Jobs.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have an 8GB M1. Never ran into a problem with multiple browsers open, iMessage, Textedit, Terminal, Inkscape, GIMP, and VLC playing videos. No glitches, pauses, and the machine runs cold.

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    depends on what you use that 8gb for. if it's enough for you then you did fine.
    >idle
    it's swap and it adjusts dynamically vaws on how much ram you have available. mOS cannot use more than 500mb for its normal operations. windows is about 500mb.

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yes

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